New Zealand 7 day South Island tour
Description of New Zealand 7 day South Island tour
From Queenstown to Christchurch, this New Zealand 7 day tour takes in some of the South Island's most dramatic and beautiful sights. Explore the rainforests of the west coast, and see the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, pounded by the Tasman Sea. A real highlight of this tour is a cruise on Milford Sound, returning to Queenstown on a scenic flight over the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu.
The landscapes of New Zealand's South Island are diverse and beautiful, and you'll have the chance to walk in Fiordland, Mount Aspiring, Tai Poutini Westland and Arthur's Pass National Parks, and to see the Great Southern Lakes of Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea. There's gold mining history in Arrowtown, too, and free time in both Christchurch and Queenstown.
Travel is by small, air conditioned coach which takes a maximum of 18 travellers. You'll be accompanied by a local, friendly and very knowledgeable Kiwi guide, and spend each night in lovely accommodation, picked for its location and sense of peace.
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PlanetWe are committed to operating environmentally sustainable tours. By nature small group touring using one vehicle to transport multiple clients is more environmentally friendly than usual modes of travel including rental car or campervan. We have monitoring systems in place to ensure our vehicles are serviced and driven in line with the manufacturerís guidelines making the running of the fleet as efficient as possible.
On this tour you will visit the local artisan galleries in the small town of Hokitika and local guides will help us explore Okarito Lagoon. They know the area and so are the best to advise on environmental issues and how to travel responsibly through the area.
We are a Qualmark Approved Visitor Service which means we have been independently reviewed and deemed to operate in an ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable way. Wherever possible we select suppliers that are also Qualmark approved and therefore deemed to operate in an ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable way.
We pay an annual licence and have official accreditation to operate on Department of Conservation land which demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainability. Payment of the license fee funds the protection of New Zealandís national parks.
Office: We work from several home offices saving on travel time and fossil fuel consumption. All printer cartridges and paper is recycled. Both home offices water supply is supplied by rain water.
PeopleWe are a sponsor of the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre. From Morepork chicks to one-legged kiwi birds and talking tuis, the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre works tirelessly to provide help, treatment and rehabilitation for ill and injured native New Zealand birds. This award-winning centre cares for over 1,200 birds per year and is part of the Department of Conservation's kiwi recovery program. We are proud to be a contributor to the conservation of New Zealand's native bird population, helping to ensure that our rare wildlife will be around for generations to come. Many of our favourite tours such as the Kiwi and Kakapo are named after our native birds.
Maori culture and customs are an integral part of the tour experience. All of the below experiences are inclusions on our tours. As these activities are owned and operated by indigenous Maori Iwi (Tribes)there are economic benefits for these communities.
Footprints Waipoua - we learn how Kauri trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest.
Kawiti Glowworm Caves - The caves traditional Maori owners act as living links to the past and making history come alive with their rich local knowledge.
We also where possible visit local craftsmen, markets and restaurants further helping to support the local community.
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